The Dearest Place On Earth

The Church is the creation of the Triune God whereby the Son reconciled sinners to God through His death on the cross so that we now have access to the Father through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:12-18).

Why is the Church so important? The Church is the family of God founded upon the Son of God and formed by the Spirit of God.

The Church is the family of God where He draws together people from uncommon backgrounds and unites them as members in His household based upon their common faith in Jesus Christ: “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19 ESV).

The Church is founded upon the Son of God whose life, death, and resurrection is the center of the Christian faith and the solid rock upon which God’s people stand: “Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20 ESV).

The Church is formed by the Spirit of God who saves and sanctifies sinners, bringing them together into a dwelling place for the Lord: “In whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21-22 ESV).

This description shows us the importance of the Church to God. It is dear to Him and it should be dear to us. Charles Spurgeon (from a sermon delivered on April 5, 1891) sums it up best:

Give yourself to the Church. You that are members of the Church have not found it perfect and I hope that you feel almost glad that you have not. If I had never joined a Church till I had found one that was perfect, I would never have joined one at all! And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect Church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us

As I have already said, the Church is faulty, but that is no excuse for your not joining it, if you are the Lord’s. Nor need your own faults keep you back, for the Church is not an institution for perfect people, but a sanctuary for sinners saved by Grace, who, though they are saved, are still sinners and need all the help they can derive from the sympathy and guidance of their fellow believers. The Church is the nursery for God’s weak children where they are nourished and grow strong. It is the fold for Christ’s sheep—the home for Christ’s family.

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